Is the New Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic Halted by Malaria Epidemics?

Document Type: LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Department of Cardiology, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran

Abstract

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was first emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and on March 11, 2020, WHO announced COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. Because chloroquine is now one of the mainstay therapies of COVID-19 all over the world, we assumed that it may play a role in preventing COVID-19 in malaria-endemic countries. So, we decided to compare the distribution map of COVID-19 with areas at risk of malaria.

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